Jerram apology unconvincing
Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram said he had a “lapse in judgment” when he decided to hold up a despicable T-shirt making an obscene reference to Omaha mayoral candidate Jean Stothert.
Let me translate “lapse in judgment” for you: “This went public, and I need to offer a phony excuse.”
What Jerram did constitutes bullying someone, especially commonplace when it involves a Republican woman, and I’m embarrassed to have him as my representative.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, this won’t cost him an election; conversely, it will probably help him.
Ed Leahy, Omaha
Rising above gutter politics
I hope Jean Stothert will hang in there. Her beliefs might not be the same as mine, or those of her critics, but she doesn’t deserve the kind of treatment she has received in the past few days.
We would like to think that we have a higher set of standards and ethics in Omaha than in most other places in the country, but in light of many events that have taken place in our town in the past few weeks, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Perhaps Stothert could look toward another person who has persevered through much more intense criticism for decades. This person knew she was smarter than the naysayers, had higher standards and had something positive to contribute to society. I’m not saying that Stothert’s politics match this person’s, but when you know that you’re making a contribution, it makes it all worthwhile.
Oh, who is that person? Dare I say, Hillary Clinton, of course.
By the way, I respected Stothert for busing tables at the Our Lady of Lourdes Fish Fry last Friday. It would have been easier just shaking hands.
Lou Bozak, Omaha
Hope for pro-Stothert backlash
The Omaha mayoral election is heating up, to the point of mudslinging. Here’s my paraphrase of a quote from Jonathan Swift: “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know her by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against her.”
Judging from the recent activities — a vile and palpably untrue mailer from something called “Omaha Alliance for the Public Trust,” and the mocking of her with a nasty T-shirt with which one of her colleagues on the City Council, Chris Jerram, allowed himself to be photographed — Jean Stothert is apparently the front-runner to unseat Mayor Jim Suttle.
Those of us who want a change in city politics and also think she’s the best candidate for the job can only hope that the term “backlash” reaches its full potential in the upcoming primary election.
Harry Callahan Sr., Omaha
Suttle’s actions haven’t spoken
It has been three years since Mayor Suttle was elected, and as of this date no action has been taken to control assault weapons or ammunition for such weapons.
If the mayor could not take any action in his first term, why should we believe a second term would be any different?
Clyde Miller, Omaha
Suttle right, NRA wrong on guns
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and fellow gun activist Ted Nugent have shown they are a pair of cold-hearted, uncompassionate men who have opposed every sensible gun measure at the federal level and in various states.
They are also out of touch with public opinion concerning guns. A recent ABC-Washington Post poll showed 91 percent support for thorough background checks. Yet, LaPierre has gone around the country ranting and raving, calling such checks an infringement on the Second Amendment.
No gun tragedy has fazed the likes of LaPierre, Nugent and their fanatic followers: Not Virginia Tech, not Aurora, Colo., or Newtown, Conn., or even the massacre at Omaha’s Westroads Mall back in 2007. They care more about gun sales than they do about public safety.
Kudos to Mayor Suttle for his recent campaign advocating a ban on military-style assault weapons. I challenge his mayoral opponents to do the same.
Herb Vermaas, Omaha
Electoral vote plan is a ploy
State Sen. Charlie Janssen wants Nebraska to stop splitting its electoral votes because the move failed to make Nebraska matter electorally.
Only once has Nebraska split the votes, in 2008. Otherwise, since Lyndon B. Johnson swept Nebraska in 1964, we have been a red state through and through.
What makes Janssen think anybody will campaign in a state with five electoral votes that are safely red? Or maybe his bogus argument is a cover for making sure this state never goes blue again?
Janssen claims to have proposed it to avoid any “sour grapes” after the election. However, he conveniently leaves out that gerrymandering already thwarted the 2nd Congressional District in 2012 from casting its electoral vote for President Barack Obama.
This is simply an effort to completely consolidate Nebraska as a red state. It would eliminate any chance of Nebraska mattering electorally, outside of Janssen’s desire for a one-party state.
Nicholas Sauma, Omaha
Democrats causing gridlock
In the March 16 Pulse, Curtis Bryant blamed the GOP and the House of Representatives for budget gridlock in Washington.
He seems to forget that the U.S. Constitution states all spending bills shall originate in the House of Representatives. The House has followed the law ever since the Republicans took charge of it. The Senate has to compromise to come to an agreement on a budget to be sent to the president for his signature. The Senate has refused to do so.
The truth is, the Senate and Democrats are causing the gridlock.
Richard E. Park, Omaha
McCoy spoke not for all at CPAC
At the recent Conservative Political Action Committee conference, Nebraska State Sen. Beau McCoy said, “Conservatism isn’t just an ideology or a philosophy in Nebraska, it’s our way of life.”
Backward thinking is not my way of life, nor will it ever be.
Bob Horder, Omaha